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PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND ADVICE TO SCHOOLS

You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of novel Coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in Europe. We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously and so we would like to share with you the guidance from Public Health England which was issued to schools on 25th February. (www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19)

Advice from Public Health England:

Prevent the spread of infection

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in past 14 days

This includes: Wuhan city and Hubei province, China, Iran*, Daegu or Cheongdo, South Korea*, any Italian town under containment measures* (see the map at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas)

*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020

Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:

If you or your children have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days

This includes: Cambodia, China (other than Wuhan city or Hubei province), Hong Kong, Italy: north* (see the map at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas), Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea (other than Daegu or Cheongdo), Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020

If you or your children are well:

  • You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
  • Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities 

If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):

Symptoms to look out for

If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

According to other official guidance (www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public/guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public), while you wait for further advice:

  • Avoid contact with others
  • Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
  • Don’t travel while sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)

If you have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Latest information can be found at:

   

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public